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Hangman's Corner

3.05  ·  Rating Details ·  20 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Set in 1870, this is a rip-roaring adventure mystery laced with humour and colourful characters, with a plot that culminates in a madcap chase through London. When one of his customers is murdered, cabbie Ned Parker investigates.
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published May 2nd 2008 by Five Star (ME) (first published April 16th 2008)
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Chance Maree
Jun 26, 2014 Chance Maree rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, historical
The basic story outline was interesting enough. This is a mystery novel so I won't give the plot away, but it had legs and a historical backdrop. However, the novel as a whole had little flesh. A little more work and editing would have been useful. For example, I find myself irritated by repetitious references to a character's nosiness, rather than actions to that effect. The ambiance of Victorian age struck me as little more than a wink. Although the protagonist is a hansom cab driver, much of ...more
Jun 18, 2008 Darlene rated it did not like it
Not a very well written mystery...and now I wonder if the historical facts are suspect. Just doesn't hang together. But I read it all because I'm just reading light books these days.
Cassandra  Banks
Oct 20, 2016 Cassandra Banks rated it liked it
I enjoyed the setting of 1870s London and tone of the book. It was a nice story. I enjoyed the font of the book as well, elegant and easy on the eyes. Could have been a bit more to the story, but not bad...I loved the relationship between the cabbies and their horses.
Aug 13, 2014 Roberta rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
An entertaining read. I liked all the historical detail about 1870's London.

Ned Parker is an engaging character; a hansom driver that can't seem to keep his nose out of mysteries as he drives his cab around London. He's a step above the other cabbies, interested in the world and people around him. Taking an interest in people and noticing details can be a hazard though, as he always seems to be on the edge of trouble, with both the police and crime bosses breathing down his neck. I'll be looking
This was not a well written novel. The story was very choppy and disjointed. I was disappointed with this author.
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A good historical mystery. A new book by one of my Liars Club buddies.
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Recommends it for: people who like mysteries set in Victorian England
Recommended to Eileen by: Seattle Public Library Mystery newsletter
Shelves: mystery, historical
It was OK, and an easy read. Not spectacular.
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